Age against the machine: Why older is better

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Age against the machine: Why older is better

In a world obsessed with youth, it’s good that things such as wine and meat get better with time

Steve Steinfeld

I recently attended an evening co-hosted by Nederburg wines and media personality Dan Nicholl. The purpose was to demonstrate the difference age makes to both meat and wine. Nederburg brought the wine, while The Local Grill’s (https://www.localgrill.co.za/) Steve Maresch served up the steaks.

South Africans, quipped Nicholl, “think of vintages on bottles as sell-by dates”. It was a comment on consumers’ penchant to buy very young, current-vintage white wines.

Having long been a proponent for ageing white wines, I was eager to taste the older vintages alongside their more recent counterparts. Most guests, perhaps surprisingly, preferred the older wines...

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